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Volume 718: debated on Wednesday 7 April 2010


My Lords, this may be a convenient point for me to respond to the debate earlier today in the House on the Business of the House Motion, particularly on the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill.

My noble friend the Leader of the House gave an assurance earlier that she would consult the Lord Chancellor. I am pleased to be able to report that my noble friend Lord Bach and my right honourable friend the Lord Chancellor have held constructive discussions with a number of Members of the House. I believe that the Government are now able to proceed with the Bill in a form that will find favour with your Lordships’ House and will accord with the general tenor of the debate earlier today.

A note from my noble friend Lord Bach is now available in the Printed Paper Office and the Government Whips Office. It sets out those parts of the Bill that the Government now intend to withdraw.